PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -From his perch in the press box, Joe Paterno had a clear view of the havoc unfolding on the field.
Fumbles, missed tackles, ill-timed penalties. It all amounted to an insurmountable first-half deficit Penn State couldn't overcame Thursday at the Rose Bowl.
Final score: Southern California 38, Penn State 24.
Good thing JoePa is coming back for another season as the leader of the Nittany Lions. He wouldn't have wanted want to go out like this.
Big plays, fumbles and ill-timed penalties doomed No. 6 Penn State.
The Nittany Lions' highly regarded defense? Shredded by quarterback Mark Sanchez and No. 5 Southern California. Their Spread HD offense stalled until it was way too late.
of Famer on the sideline probably wouldn't have helped.
No. 6 Penn State (11-2) mounted a respectable comeback with a 17-point fourth quarter. But the early hole was too much for the Nittany Lions to overcome.
``We didn't play as we played all year in the first half,'' Paterno said. ``Against a team as good has Southern California, the way they were playing, you're going to get whipped.''
The Nittany Lions defense, which had allowed just 12.4 points a game coming into Thursday, had given up a season-high in points by halftime, trailing 31-7.
Penn State also gave up a season-high 474 yards to the Trojans, surpassing the previous season-high of 372 (Illinois) by early in the third quarter.
And by that time, Penn State's chances for victory had long disappeared as the sun set on southern California.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail College Football Week 5 Odds Week 5 of the College Football Season features some very big matchups between top-10 teams. Here is a look at...
Thumbnail Arizona tries to contain explosive Washington No. 9 Washington utterly obliterated its first three opponents of the season. Will the good times continue in the desert?
Thumbnail Sun Devils, Bears primed for fireworks show With California and Arizona State set to do battle, should fans on the West Coast expect an offensive blitzkrieg tonight?
Thumbnail Arkansas vs. Texas A&M Prediction Will Arkansas pull off the upset or at least cover the spread when it takes on Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium at 9:00PM ET tonight?
Thumbnail Louisville vs. Marshall Prediction Will Louisville avoid a letdown tonight when the Cardinals visit Marshall at 8:00PM ET?
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages

Advertisement